It’s that time of year again: back to school. If you’re like most of us, you’re wondering where the summer went. Whether you’re celebrating having your kids out of the house or feeling a bit wistful about it (or both!), the issue remains: your kid needs to get into a school-year routine. And one of the most difficult part of that routine to re-establish? Sleep.
Yes, the transition from the bedtime-doesn’t-matter mode of summer to the homework-plus-soccer-and-school-starts-at-seven mode of the school year can be rough. Kids aren’t used to the new schedule, they miss their summer freedom, and on top of that, the stress of school-year obligations can make falling asleep more difficult than it normally is. When you consider that quality sleep is a key factor in academic performance for school-age students, this is a big issue.
Thankfully, there are a number of wa
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As technology has advanced at a breakneck pace and infiltrated nearly every area of our lives, there's still one place where most of us have yet to go high-tech—and that is the bedroom. Which is pretty ironic if you think about it, because after all, our bedrooms are our sanctuaries, the places we go to be our most relaxed—why wouldn't we want handy, time-saving technology there? Here's 7 of our top recommendations for new tech that will help you upgrade your bedroom with some 21st century convenience, whether you're getting some sweet sleep or just maxing and relaxing.
1. Weighted Blanket
The idea behind weighted blankets is to simulate the soothing feeling and close comfort of cuddling, and the goal is to give you a little leg up on getting relaxed before bed to help you
We’ve all been there—lying in bed, waiting for sleep to come. After tossing and turning for what seems like an eternity, you ask yourself: should I give up and get out of bed? Or am I overreacting? How long am I supposed to be lying here? Good question.
How long it takes to fall asleep is a slippery concept, and one that unhappy insomniacs grasp at as they lie awake from one minute to the next. Given the hazy state of mind that sets in when we lie sleepily in bed, it can become difficult to remember clearly just how long it usually takes for sleep to arrive, adding more uncertainty and stress when it seems to be taking too long. Fortunately, there has been research into this issue.
The study of sleep latency
The amount of time it takes you to fully transition from wakefulness to sleep is known as sleep latency, and th
While traveling can be an adventure, exposing us to new places and experiences, it can also be a rough time for our sleep. Leaving the familiar rhythm of our time zone opens us up to jet lag, which can keep us up late into the night or have us sleeping long past the start of business hours (check out our post full of awesome jet lag-beating tips written by a doctor of neurobiology and behavior here). Apart from jet lag, though, there’s one other source of discomfort we run into when traveling—the unpredictability of our unfamiliar sleeping environment.
Few things make falling asleep more difficult than being in a new place, in a new bed, and trying to force yourself to be as comfortable as you usually are at home. It’s really not a problem that we think about until we find ourselves in this situation, but the comfort of our
How did you sleep last night? Did it give you a spectacular recharge, or was it on and off, leaving you in the lurch come morning? You may not have considered it before, but is your bedroom environment helping or hurting your chances of getting a great night’s sleep? If you’re at all in doubt, you may want to consider making use of one or more of these easy bedroom upgrades to help upgrade your nightly slumber:
Eye mask: a low-cost solution for creating a dark sleep environment. Even a sliver of light can give your body trouble with trying to start up the sleep process. An eye mask is a great way to cover all your bases when it comes to light in your environment. You can find a rather inexpensive store brand
From time to time, Reverie collaborates with its partners to bring you special content. This month, Raymour & Flanigan is bringing you some special spring design tips.
Spring will soon be here. It’s easy to feel a renewed sense of energy at the thought of the days growing longer, the sun shining warmer, and the world around us blooming. Many of us clear out the winter cobwebs with spring cleaning. It’s also a great time to breathe new life into your home by incorporating the beauty of the season into your interior design. What better place to begin than the room where you start and end each day?
Today, Raymour & Flanigan is bringing you eight interior design tips to freshen up your bedroom in time for spring. With crisp colors, fresh textures and new bedroom accents, you’ll be ready to sp
It’s your anniversary dinner, and you go out to that new Italian restaurant you’ve been eyeing for months. You wine and dine with abandon—roasted garlic, spicy octopus, pasta with sausage and rivers of homemade tomato sauce, and—of course—wine. Lots and lots of red wine.
You come home and get in bed, full and content and ready to doze off, when all of a sudden it hits you like a freight train: acid reflux. Acid reflux, also known as heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a burning discomfort located in your stomach, chest, or throat. It can also bring with it a sour taste in your mouth, nausea, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. It perhaps goes without saying that acid reflux makes it a bit difficult to fall asleep.
What's giving you indigestion?
Caused by what’s called a hiatal hernia, acid reflux occurs when the sto
Durable materials and increased lifespan notwithstanding, every mattress, no matter how sturdy, sees its last sleep. Eventually, an innerspring mattress weakens, the memory foam topper wears out, the cover grows thin, and every mattress eventually reaches the end of its days.
And when the time has come to buy a new mattress, you also need to figure out how to dispose of your old one (amid the myriad other decisions you’ll need to make about your new purchase).
Fortunately, the answer isn’t as complicated as you might fear. There are essentially three options: government collection, private collection, and recycling or mattress donation.
Government & private resources
Most municipalities have specific procedures that must be followed when disposing of a used mattress, oftentimes including a certain manner of disposal (like putting the entire mattress in a